# Mathematics Course Descriptions

**Math 7**

“In Grade 7, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.” 7th Grade Standards

**Math 8**

“In Grade 8, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.” 8th Grade Standards

**Math 7 Accelerated**

Math 7 and 1st half of Math 8 in 7th grade. See math 7 and math 8 above.

**Math 8 Accelerated**

2nd Half of Math 8 and all of high school math 1. Mathematics concepts from high school Math I are systems of equations and inequalities, modeling data, arithmetic & geometric sequences, linear & exponential functions, features of functions, congruence, construction & proof, connecting algebra to geometry. High School Standards

**Math Lab 7 & 8**

Students partake of the online learning environment created by the MIND institute known as ST Math. This environment provides an alternative approach to the mathematical building blocks that many students are lacking.

The beauty of this learning environment is that it is language free, There are no instructions to read so students who struggle with reading comprehension are not handicapped by their reading comprehension abilities. Instead, it builds understanding of the basic skills students are lacking and are prohibiting them from being successful with grade level content.

Another part of the structure of this learning environment, is that students are required to get 100% on each level before they may move to the next. This ensures that students are not cavalier about the learning, thereby failing to master the content. This level of mastery requires sustained focus and rewards tenacity.

One of the great benefits of using ST Math is that it individualizes learning for students and as a result, each student’s pace is determined by his/her own need. During work periods, students who get “stuck” are able to get immediate help from the teacher to navigate through the point of confusion. Students commonly make two or more years of academic progress over the course of one school year. ST Math